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Ethiopia troops seize key Somalia rebel town of El Bur

Al Shabaab still controls much of southern and central Somalia, but is under increasing pressure from Kenyan forces in the south and Ethiopian forces in the West.

Somalia: Ex-President Abdullahi Yusuf dies in exile

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed was viewed as an obstacle to peace over his refusal to negotiate with Islamist groups and tendency to carve up positions of power along clan lines.

Ex-Tuareg chief and Gaddafi aide Aghali Alambo arrested in Niger over arms smuggling

Aghali Alambo led a rebellion against Niger's government between 2007 and 2009, and became one of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s closest aides after going into exile in Libya.

British journalists freed in Libya

Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, 36, and Nicholas Davies, 37, were captured in the Libyan capital of Tripoli by a Misrata-based militia on February 22 while working as freelance journalists for Iranian news channel Press TV.

Libyan stock exchange opens for first time since anti-Gaddafi uprising

The exchange’s general manager said the market currently has 10 companies on it, with today’s trade coming in at $3 billion.

Zimbabwe's government may shut down without diamond revenue, says finance minister

The finance ministry expected to receive $77.5 million from diamond sales over the first two months of this year, but has only seen $19.5 million, Biti told a news conference on Wednesday.

Nigeria kidnap 'mastermind' dies in custody

Abu Mohammed died of “severe bullet wounds” sustained when he was arrested in the town of Zaria along with five other suspects on March 7.

Al Qaeda leader in north Africa sentenced to death in absentia

Abdelmalek Droukdel, who fought in Afghanistan, is believed to regard Al Qaeda’s former leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as his inspiration. 

Hissène Habré extradition case opens at ICJ

Habré is currently ensconced in a luxury villa in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, where the government refuses UN, African Union and Amnesty International requests to try him or extradite him to a country that will.

Somalia: Al Shabaab ambushes Ethiopian troops, killing dozens

Fighting lasted four hours, during which Al Shabaab claims to have killed 73 Ethiopians while the Somali government says it killed 48 militants.
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